People

Staff

Samuel Oram
Samuel Oram – Co-Producer and Artistic Director

British baritone Samuel Oram has been acclaimed for singing “with fire and gusto” (Seen and Heard International) and for his “masterful breadth of line” (BBC). He commenced his studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) where he gained a BMus (Hons) 1:1 and was awarded the RBC Singing Prize, The Doris Newton Club Prize, The Edward Brooks English Song Prize and the Mario Lanza Opera Competition. For his work as a concert artist, Samuel Oram is the prize-winner of the Royal Forest of Dean Herbert Howells’ Prize, and was a finalist in the London Song Competition.

William Branston
William Branston – Co-Producer and Artistic Director

William, who hails from South West Wales, is a freelance opera singer, marketeer, producer and entrepreneur. In 2018 he completed the MMus course in Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire with a distinction, also receiving the MMus award for highest achievement. Prior to this he ran a successful luxury retail chain with his two older brothers in Berkshire. William has always been a singer, moreover he has always tinkered on computers with a keen interest in graphic design and web development. He now combines these two passions, along with his experience from retail management, to run Opera Holloway.

Trustees

shapeimage_15Lewis Gaston – Trustee

Lewis works as a conductor and assistant in the UK and abroad. His work has been recognised in International Competitions, Masterclasses and he enjoys a schedule of work that combines performance, education and research. He has been Guest Conductor for the Brasov Philarmonic (Romania) and the Toscana Classica Orchestra (Italy). He has also conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, Camerata di Fiorentina and the State Opera Rousse (Bulgaria). Lewis is Music Director of Opera Holloway, Guildford Opera, Genesis Chorale and acts as Guest Conductor to a number of London orchestras. Lewis is also Music Director of Opera Holloway since 2009. http://www.lewisgaston.com


shapeimage_2-2Laurie O’Brien – Trustee

Laurie competed in Eisteddfodau from age 5, beginning piano at the same age with Darya Brill-Williams. She studied French and Music at Royal Holloway University of London, where she received piano tuition under Matthew Stanley, and as repetiteur for the Royal Holloway Savoy Opera Society. She co-founded Opera Holloway, with whom she currently holds the role of repetiteur. With Opera Holloway, Laurie has accompanied vocal masterclasses given by Dame Rosalind Plowright, Janis Kelly and Dame Felicity Lott and performed in a variety of venues around the UK. Laurie is Treasurer & Repetiteur of Opera Holloway.


shapeimage_13Callie Gaston – Trustee

British Soprano Callie Gaston completed her Masters degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Opera Prelude Song Prize and winner of the Una Clarke Young Artist Award. Recent opera credits include La Suora Infermiera (Suor Angelica), Norina (Don Pasquale), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi),  Rita (Rita), Nora (Riders to the Sea), Chiteria (Don Chisciotte) Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Lucy (The Telephone) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). Callie was a member of the Core Company for Opera Erratica, starring in Triptych, nominated Critics Choice in the Times. In recital Callie has had recent performances at 22 Mansfield Street, Pushkin House and Leighton House. Callie is also Producer & Education Co-Ordinator of Opera Holloway from 2009.